NEW YORK – Comedian Stephen Colbert cracked jokes at major Catholic figures such as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Pope Francis during Thursday's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, which raised $3 million in charity for children.
Colbert, a Roman Catholic who teaches Sunday school, declared himself "America's most famous Catholic" in his opening remarks, according to The Associated Press, then turned to Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
"I know what the cardinal is thinking: 'Stephen, pride is a sin.' Well, Cardinal, so is envy, so we're even." more >>
Pastor John MacArthur continued to lay out his case against the Charismatic movement on Thursday, the second day of the Strange Fire conference hosted at his California church. However, a backlash of criticism, in full swing since the beginning of the event, included a stern statement from the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a Pentecostal minister and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
MacArthur's punches thrown during the three-day conference included calling out mainline, Pentecostal-influenced pastors such as T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen, and congregations that he says focus on "spirit-filled" services rather than Christ-centered doctrine.
"If the Charismatic movement was being produced by the Holy Spirit, the glory of Christ would prevail everywhere," said MacArthur during the morning session Thursday. "It would be Christ dominated and everyone in the movement would be bowing the knee to the true Christ in belief of the true Gospel." more >>
Pope Francis has met with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German bishops' conference, to discuss the fate of the so-called "luxury bishop" of Limburg who has spent $42 million on a lavish residence including a free-standing bath, conference table and private chapel worth millions.
"I am convinced that the bishop of Limburg... will confront this situation in a spirit of self-criticism," Archbishop Zollitsch said following his meeting with Pope Francis, Reuters reported.
The bishop in question, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, is facing calls for his resignation after causing an uproar with lavish expenses that seem to contradict the pope's call for austerity and example of humble living. more >>
The vast majority of American Christians believe that God gives second chances to people who have made bad decisions in the past says a newly released study.
According to the findings of a recently released survey by LifeWay Research, 84 percent of Christians believe God gives second chances.
Broken down by group, 95 percent of "Protestant, Nondenominational" respondents and 98 percent of "Born-again, Evangelical, Fundamentalist" respondents agreed. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church has offered words of warning about the dangers of idolatry among Christians in the modern day.
In a homily preached Tuesday morning Pope Francis warned listeners that as spiritual beings, "when we do not worship God, we worship creatures."
"And this is the passage from faith to idolatry. These people, idolaters, have no excuse: because having known God, they have neither glorified nor worshipped Him as God," said the Pontiff. "And what is the way of idolatry?...The selfishness of their own thoughts, the omnipotent thought, that which I think is true: I think the truth, I make the truth with my thought." more >>
German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg is set to answer questions before the Vatican about an excessive $42 million sum he has spent on a luxury residence, causing uproar in the Catholic Church.
"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," a statement by the Limburg diocese read, according to Reuters.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." more >>